My favourite view

PUBLISHED: 09:02 03 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:33 03 March 2014

The view of the UEA across the UEA Broad, with the Sainsbury Centre, left, and the Ziggurats. Picture: Denise Bradley

The view of the UEA across the UEA Broad, with the Sainsbury Centre, left, and the Ziggurats. Picture: Denise Bradley

Copyright: Archant 2014

Andrew Cowan is director of the Creative Writing School at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The fifth novel, Worthless Men, by the award-winning writer was published last year.

University of East Anglia

I am actually in the main teaching building looking back at this view, but I often walk around the broad with my dog at weekends and during the holidays. It always strikes me as such a lovely place and then I have to remind myself that this is where I am lucky enough to work. I came to the UEA as an under-graduate in 1979 and loved the place. People often react badly to the Brutalist architecture of the place, but I love this futuristic collection of buildings softened by the landscape, with the creepers growing over it and the trees casting shadows across it.

Andrew will be in conversation with writer James Lasdun, son of the UEA’s founding architect Sir Denys Lasdun and author of Give Me Everything You Have, on 12 February, and with multi-award winning author Margaret Atwood - whose latest novel MaddAddam is a follow up to The Year of the Flood, on 26 February, as part of the UEA’s Spring Literary Festival; www.uea.ac.uk/litfest

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